Roots To Branches Mark African/Black History Month With Free, Edu-tainment Concert

Roots To Branches Mark African/Black History Month With Free, Edu-tainment Concert

Sketch and live renditions of songs ranging from Lord Kitchener’s 1940s calypso to Bashy’s 2000s grime music form innovative way of marking African/Black Music Month by BTWSC & Black Music Congress

From the naively optimistic ‘London Is The Place For Me’, composed by calypsonian Lord Kitchener just before he arrived in England aboard the Empire Windrush in 1948, to grime rapper Bashy’s ‘Black Boys’, an uplifting ode to African British youths 60 years later, are some of the songs used to mark Black History Month 2008 by Roots To Branches’ production of the family-friendly, edu-tainment The Songs Of Life, Survival & Empowerment Concert.

Organised by voluntary organisation BTWSC in association with the Black Music Congress (BMC), the free event, which is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, will tell the story of the African British experience of struggle, joy, socio-political issues, love, and empowerment through a linking sketch, and songs covering reggae, lovers rock, R&B, soul, gospel, African, drum & bass, hip-hop and grime.

The sketch will be led by the BMC founder in his DJ Kwaku BBM persona and two ‘young studio guests’, whilst a band led by singer-songwriter Noel McKoy and singer/multi-instrumentalist Niles Hailstones, and guest artists including rapper Kof, will bring the music to life.

“Last year, we had a great response an edu-tainment concert we organised to mark the bicentennial of the Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act,” says BTWSC co-ordinator. “This year, the Roots To Branches concert marked British Black Music Month in June, and we expect our programme marking Black History Month on November 7 to be even bigger!”

The concert at Bridge Park Complex in Stonebridge, north-west London, is aimed at all members of the community, especially families with youths. For more information or to book: 020 8450 5987,

Region: All
Start Date: 07/11/2008
End Date: 07/11/2008
Start Time: 19:00
Venue: Bridge Park Complex Leisure Centre
Venue Address: Harrow Road/Brentfield, Stonebridge, London
Celebs Attending: Noel McKoy, Niles Hailstones,
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
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Phone: 020 8450 5987